About Us

We’re not the north side. Second to none, Indy’s southside is a unique confluence of neighborhoods, personalities & pursuits. It’s home. SOUTH magazine strives to be a reflection of the best things about our side of town. Thanks to our readers, SOUTH has enjoyed unprecedented growth in its first year. Keep reading, and keep sharing your ideas. Topics of interest include unique homes & architecture, great cooking, dining & cuisine, extraordinary people, destinations, hobbies, health and fitness.

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About our company

South Magazine was launched in 2005 by Home News Enterprises LLC, a family-owned media company that produces newspapers, special publications and internet sites in Indiana. South Magazine’s staff is housed at the Daily Journal, 2575 North Morton, Franklin, Indiana.

Home News Enterprises, based in Columbus, Indiana, traces its origin to the inception of The Columbus Republican in Columbus, Ind., founded in 1872 by Isaac T. Brown. On Nov. 12, 1877, The Columbus Republican went from a weekly paper to the Daily Evening Republican.

Isaac T. Brown was eventually joined by his father, Isaac M. Brown, who became the editor of the paper. Isaac T. Brown was the sole owner until he was joined by his son, Raymond, in 1916. Upon the death of Isaac T. Brown in 1917, Raymond Brown assumed full ownership of the business.

Raymond Brown formed a partnership with his wife Anna, in 1942, and operated in this form until 1963, when a family partnership was formed consisting of Raymond and Anna Brown and their adult children, Robert N. Brown, Elizabeth B. Marshall and Dr. Richard Brown.

In May 1994, the company changed to a limited liability company thus carrying the LLC designation in the official company name. Before Raymond Brown’s death, the interests of Raymond and Anna Brown had been passed to Robert N. Brown, who in 1946, became the fourth generation active in the management and who was appointed managing partner and publisher in 1964 upon the death of his father. Robert Brown then started the Daily Journal in 1963 to expand his newspaper company.

In 1998, Jeffrey N. Brown was appointed president of Home News, becoming the fifth generation active in the management. Jeff Brown currently is president of the prestigious Inland Press Association.

Home News Enterprises began expanding beyond newspapers at the turn of the new century, launching target market publications such as real estate and parenting magazines and news and advertising Web sites. South Magazine became the company’s most significant lifestyle magazine investment in 2005.

Home News Enterprises, which employees about 500 people, also has newspaper, commercial printing and special publication operations in Greenfield, Monticello and Nashville.

Locally, the Daily Journal and South Magazine are active community partners. We have memberships including the Franklin, Greenwood, Edinburgh and Trafalgar chambers of commerce and the Johnson County Development Corp. Support also is given annually to the United Way of Johnson County, the Johnson County Community Foundation, Leadership Johnson County and the Good Cheer Fund.